More Rug Info, 1-22-23

Twined rugs are made on a simple frame that is made the actual size of the finished rug. This is why these rugs are so flat and straight.

Twining starts at both ends and finishes in the middle.

These strips need to be secured and then the rug can be taken off the frame by lifting the rods on either side.

This is the table runner frame.

This technique was taught to me by Rosa Smith in Britt, IA and she gave me this rug. Here’s a close up of fabrics – she used old clothes cut into strips.

I found this ratty old wool twined rug at a flea market.

Foot in photo to show scale.

And here’s my window sill rug by my chair.

I have forgotten what price I put on the book and dvd but I think it was $22, wasn’t it? If you’re going to make a rug you need the book and the dvd is as if I’m sitting beside you as you make your rug – it’s invaluable. Rugs of all sizes are made on simple wooden frames the size of your desired end result. If you know of a handyman who could build your frame, hand him the book with all the directions, supplies and dimensions. I know many of you already have the book, frame and dvd – let’s make a rug!

Reader quilts:

A winter visual.

Let’s Review Rugs From Rags, 1-21-23

Games don’t start until 3:30 today, I vacuumed yesterday as well as cooked, laundry is in the washer – I think it’s time to talk about Rugs From Rags.

This rug is made from t-shirt knit strips.
This rug is made from woven brushed strips – woven means it’s the same color on both sides.
This rug is made from wool strips.
The grayish background of a print can be seen in this placemat.
We started with two sizes – rug and placemat and then combined the length of the rug with the width of the placemat for a tablerunner.
Placemats became purses.
Here is one stack of rugs I’ve made.
After years of cutting strips with a regular rotary cutter I finally switched to a pinking blade and voila all those raveling edges were gone and my rug was neat and clean.

Rugs are made on a frame – the frame being the size of the finished rug. Many people suggested making the frame adjustable but I don’t think it’s a good idea. There’s lots of pressure on those edges and it would be difficult to turn the corner when you weren’t on the edge of the frame. You’ll understand what I mean when we start making the rug. This technique is called twining – not weaving.

I’ll put more info in a separate post in case I lose this one.

Our heater in the barn bit the dust yesterday – had to buy a new one.
We are having so much trouble with Waste Management who fails to pick up our garbage on Wednesday. We put our can out on Tuesday in case they’re early but here it is Saturday morning and the can has not been emptied. Customer service is a thing of the past.

I should have been a professional editor – I hate things like this!

Who would make a sign with misspelled words a foot high?

I started a file of bad pickup parkers. Here’s the latest.

Thanks for all your comments after Connie’s post about starching. I use a bit of spray starch on seams that won’t lay down but I am not a starcher like Connie. I’m also a pretty uncomplicated quilter – I want to use up my squares and strips while I watch ballgames or Netflix. How simple is that?

$5.00 Pattern Friday, 1-20-23

This week’s $5 pattern is called Dress For Success found in our first charm school book Country Threads Goes To Charm School.

Here it is today remade by Connie in a bright clean palette.

Send $5.00 check or cash and a SASE to Country Threads.

Our 8” of snow has presented quite a number of problems for us so more details later.